Sherika Sherard

Award: Develop Your Skills (Transmission)

Year: 2017

Genre: R&B/Soul

Instrument/voice type: Singer-Songwriter

Location: London


Prepare to be challenged and positively moved as you experience the infectious creativity of Sherika Sherard. With a voice like velvet to deliver her robust persona this artist never fails to warm the hearts of listeners. Born and raised in South London, it was after listening to Marvin Gaye that Sherika came to realise she also wanted to discover her deepest emotions through performance and songwriting. When finding her sound Sherika says “Paolo Nutini told me to pick up the guitar and Nina Simone told me to reflect the current times”.

After dropping out of university, Sherika decided to put her faith and determination to the test by becoming a full-time busker, as well as becoming a well-known performer on the London music scene regularly invited onto the stages of many prestigious venues including Ronnie Scott's, Jazz Cafe, Shoreditch House and The Century Club. Sherika has also gone on to take several international bookings including The Seychelles, Senegal and Norway. 

Last year, British soul singer Seal surprised Sherika with a visit while she was busking on the Southbank, they performed two duets and Seal went on to invite her to open for 2 of his shows at Old Royal Naval College, London and Cirque Royal in Brussels. This year legendary Film Director Spike Lee also showed his appreciation for Sherika’s talent by personally picking her original song “We Don’t Need a Reason” to feature of his Netflix Series of “She’s Gotta Have it”. 

After independently releasing her album “Just Saying” and this years E.P “Patience and Fears” Sherika is already focused on her next move, she is a clear example of how the industry has changed, with a strong connection to her fans and regularly performing and interacting with new ones, she has become a personality people can relate to.